Understanding Your Breakout
Has a pesky pimple joined the party? Well, that new pimple might be providing purpose.  In this piece, we’ll be talking about the mysterious workings of our insides and what that new spot might have to say for itself.

Chin and Jaw 
Those blimming hormones! Whether it’s that time of the month, you’re hella stressed, or you suffer from a more serious condition such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), hormone fluctuation has a lot to answer for with regards to acne around the chin and jaw area. 

Before you’re due for your period, estrogen and progesterone levels drop, causing sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum (oily stuff). Same with that of conditions like PCOS, Clarissa Yang, Dermatologist, explains PCOS causes an increase in the male hormone androgen resulting in increased oil gland production and pores’ clogging. 

And stress? Well, when your body perceives stress, it releases the stress hormone known as cortisol into your bloodstream. Even the smallest imbalance of hormones can have effects on your skin, so much so, that it likes to tell us in the form of pimples!

Acne showing up around your cheeks? Here’s a fun question for you! Do you remember the last time you cleaned your phone? Breakouts around the cheeks are often a result of bacteria combined with friction. Dirty phones, pillowcases and face masks (yes, we’re talking about you maskne!) can cause such acne to appear.

In order to prevent and reduce cheek acne, it’s important to stay on top of your hygiene. Masks should be washed after every use, pillowcases at least once a week and a daily cleanse with a disinfectant wipe for your phone is a good idea.

Forehead spots
Forehead specific acne can be a good indication that your body is having a hard time digesting certain foods, such as sugar and highly processed food. As explained by Miami dermatologist Roberta Del Campo, MD “All the foods we eat go through our digestive tracts and are broken down into various vitamins, minerals and amino acids that the body can use to build healthy skin, strong muscles, and bones.” Meaning, if we don’t nourish our body with the good stuff, our skin will suffer. Forehead acne can also be related to an irregular sleep schedule. 

Maintaining a healthy diet of whole foods and getting your 6-8 hours worth of z’s might be the exact remedy you need if you’re struggling with spots in this area. 

Spots and bumps around your hairline are related to the buildup of both hair and beauty products. When removing makeup, it’s easy to neglect the hairline (especially on days you don’t want to mess up your fancy hairdo), but failing to properly remove makeup in this area can cause buildup in your pores. Same goes with your hair care, if you don’t properly rinse out your shampoo, it will linger causing nasty build-up. No, thank you!

If you have trouble with hairline acne, try double cleansing when removing makeup and switching to natural hair care products. Our Herbal Care range is 100% Naturally Derived and free from silicone, which is the main culprit for hair care buildup. 

We get it, spots are annoying, but hey, it’s kind of nice to think they could actually be useful for the bigger picture of health!  

However, it’s important to be mindful that these insights, like anything, are not faultless. If specific spots do persist for a number of weeks, we recommend consulting a medical professional. 

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